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To Build a Fire and Other Stories

To Build a Fire and Other Stories

Written by Jack London

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor


To Build a Fire and Other Stories

Written by Jack London

Narrated by Patrick Lawlor

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4.5/5 (11 ratings)
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5 hours
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Released:
May 25, 2011
ISBN:
9781452672571
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Description

"To Build a Fire," the best-known of Jack London's many short stories, tells the tale of a solitary traveler on the Yukon Trail accompanied only by his dog as they endure the extreme cold. A classic narrative of a battle for survival against the forces of nature, "To Build a Fire" is London at his best. Also included here are "The Red One," "All Gold Canyon," "A Piece of Steak," "The Love of Life," "Flush of Gold," "The Story of Keesh," and "The Wisdom of the Trail." A vital collection of works by one of the greatest short-story writers in American literature, this edition is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
Publisher:
Released:
May 25, 2011
ISBN:
9781452672571
Format:
Audiobook

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About the author

Jack London was born in San Francisco in 1876, and was a prolific and successful writer until his death in 1916. During his lifetime he wrote novels, short stories and essays, and is best known for ‘The Call of the Wild’ and ‘White Fang’.


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  • (4/5)
    I gave this 5 stars in paper format, but never reviewed it. It's been decades since I last read it, so I'm overwriting that edition with this one. I remember some of the stories very well.

    Overall, the stories ranged from OK to fantastic, but overall, they were quite good. It was depressing as hell, though. It's a tough world where a 'happy' ending is surviving intact. I'm not surprised I let so many years go by between reads. Definitely memorable, but certainly not uplifting. Still, I recommend it.

    There is an underlying morality to all the stories of perseverance & honor. No matter how bad it gets, the best keep trying to do their best. It might kill them, but it's a harsh world. Mere death is no excuse.

    If you haven't read these stories or don't remember them, don't read the spoilers. They are & sometimes that's what really makes the story good.

    To Build A Fire 5 stars but depressing as hell. Great point & adventure story of the Yukon, though.

    The Red One 2 stars, an attempt at mixing "Heart of Darkness" with a Wells or Verne SF story. Didn't do much for me. Takes place in the Solomons, Guadalcanal.

    All Gold Canyon 4 stars, another gold digging adventure that was rather manic depressive.

    A Piece of Steak 4 stars, a boxing story & depressing as hell. Is he trying to get me to follow him into alcoholic depression? It's moving as hell, although a bit long winded.

    The Love of Life 4 stars, survival in the arctic, although at least it is relatively warm. Tough men!!! At least one lived. About time.

    Flush of Gold 3 stars, kind of a horror story, a real shame.

    The Story of Keesh 3 stars. Told as a myth, it's memorable & one of the few that isn't depressing, if you look at it one way. In another, it's horrible. OK, the guy was feeding folks, but killing polar bears by feeding them bones that tore up their innards & killed them slowly & in great pain is awful.

    The Wisdom of the Trail 3 stars. Not really a myth, but kind of a native voice. A short story of tough times on the northern trails.
  • (5/5)
    Probably the best short story I have ever read.
  • (1/5)

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    If you want to read a story that's half description of setting and half a stupid, overconfident man freezing to death in the arctic cold while his dog watches then you'll love this.

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  • (5/5)
    Probably the best short story I have ever read.
  • (5/5)
    To Build A Fire' - arguably the greatest short story written in the English language? London at his very best.
  • (3/5)
    To Build a Fire is a bittersweet tale of a man last few hours before his death. It was a a melancholy experience to read about this callous man who begins to freeze while he walks to meet some other men. It is such a cold day that the man had been forewarned. He is so stubborn he believes the warnings are from weaker people than he. I liked this adventure even though I prefer happier endings and would only recommend it to students who can maturely reason the man’s death and see that the dog makes the ending a happy one.